Add Hilary Duff to the list of actors getting in on the Manson Family-inspired films set to be released this year.
The official trailer for the independent film, “The Haunting of Sharon Tate,” was released on Monday, showing the former “Lizzie McGuire” star starring as the doomed pregnant wife of director Roman Polanski, according to Deadline.
Tate and four others were murdered by followers of cult leader Charles Manson during a party on August 9, 1969.
“The Haunting of Sharon Tate,” written and directed by Daniel Farrands of “The Amityville Murders” fame, is set to open in theaters and On Demand on April 5, according to Entertainment Tonight.
Duff announced her casting as Tate almost exactly one year ago in an Instagram post.
“Had the incredible opportunity of playing Sharon Tate the past two weeks in an independent movie. She was an amazing woman and it was a true honor,” she wrote.
The film will not be the only one to deal with the Manson murders: Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” will feature Margot Robbie as Tate and also tell the story of that fateful night.
Meanwhile, last year, Sharon Tate’s sister, Debra Tate, called the Duff-starring film “classless” and “tacky, tacky, tacky” in an interview with PEOPLE discussing Hollywood’s rush to release movies on the event’s 50th anniversary.
“It doesn’t matter who it is acting in it – it’s just tasteless,” Debra Tate told the magazine. “It’s classless how everyone is rushing to release something for the 50th anniversary of this horrific event.”
Since then, she's somewhat changed her tune: Although she hasn't voiced any support for the Duff-starring film, she has given her blessing to "Once Upon A Time In Hollywood," praising Robbie's take on the role after visiting the set, TMZ reports.
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